Submit your homemade salsa to the Atwater Village Salsa Smackdown

Did somebody say salsa?

The first Salsa Smackdown is upon us! In past years for the Atwater Village Salsa contest, participants would bring their salsa entries to the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market the day of the competition to be judged. But the Salsa Smackdown works a little differently as it is being wrapped in to the First Annual Day of the Dead Family Festival in Atwater Village, and even includes a celebrity judge.

Win either the “Critics Choice” (judged by celebrity chef Curtis Stone and Atwater Village Farm Market’s Piper Goldstein) or the “People’s Choice” (judged by popular vote). The categories are: 1) Baby Mouth 2) Child Mild 3) Medium-Hot and 4) Hot!!

Participants can submit their salsas to the competition starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by dropping it off at the Atwater Village Farm Market located at 3224 Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village.

Eight finalists will then square off for the final tasting at the Day of the Dead Family Festival on Saturday, November 2 from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

For more information, contact Piper and Patrick at Atwater Village Farm Marketing via email ( or or phone at (323) 660-8888.

Winner of the Atwater Village Salsa contest

Mitch O'Farrell of Garcetti's office judging salsa entries

The winner of Sunday’s annual Salsa Contest at the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market had some tough competition – 17 total entries were submitted, creating a colorful array of different types of delicious dips competing for gift certificates donated by local businesses.

Ben Callaway’s salsa, named “Buster”, took home a prize of a free one hour massage from D-Tox Day Spa. According to The Eastsider LA, who got the scoop from photographer Nathaniel Nickels, the mild salsa made by Ben included the following ingredients:

“Cherry tomatoes, red onions, garlic, carrots, cilantro, scallions, orange juice, lime juice, cumin seeds, habanero and jalapeno peppers with salt and pepper to finish it off.”

While we were told everyone was invited to try out all the salsas after the judging, we were unable to stay for the full event. But we snapped a few photos while judges Luis Lopez, Mitch O’Farrell of CD13, and other salsa-loving neighborhood figures.

Submit your homemade salsa at the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market

Flickr photo via Worldharmony

Did somebody say salsa?

Salsa lovers and salsa makers come together this weekend at the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market for a competition of the sauces! Open to everyone, the annual salsa dip contest promises many winning prizes donated by local Atwater Village businesses like 55 Degree Wine and The Racket Doctor. Judges include representatives from the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, Assemblymember Mike Gatto’s office, and the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Darren the Chef and a Farmers’ Market writer from Squid Ink may also be judging the entries.

Local photographer Nate Nickels will also be on hand taking photographs of the contest for the farmer’s market association.

All entries should be dropped off at the information booth by 11:30 am. Judging starts promptly at noon!

Annual Salsa Contest
Atwater Village Farmers’ Market, 3250 Glendale Boulevard
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Judging starts at noon